State auditors reported no findings when examining Monroe County Sheriff Dale “Frog” Ford's 2017 tax settlement.
The settlement is for taxes charged, credited and paid during the time frame of April 18, 2017 to April 16, 2018.
The sheriff's responsibilities include collecting property taxes, providing law enforcement and performing services for the county fiscal court and courts of justice. His office is funded through statutory commissions and fees collected in conjunction with these duties, said a press release from State Auditor Mike Harmon's office.
“The auditor noted no instances of noncompliance. The auditor also noted no matters involving internal control over financial reporting and its operation that were considered to be material weaknesses,” the press release said.
Ford credited his office state for the good audit report.
“The responsibility of that lies in secretary Lacey Roy's hands and she does incredible job every year keeping the books and maintaining accurate accounts of daily activities of the sheriff's department,” he said.
The audit report shows the various types of taxes and the amounts of those taxes collected by the sheriff for the time period in which the audit was conducted. They are: $364,771, county taxes; $997,932, special taxing districts; $2,107,301, school taxes; $454,867, state taxes.
It also shows the taxes that are due. They are: $349,268, county taxes; $956,258, special taxing districts; $2,107,301, school taxes; $454,867, state taxes.
The amount of taxes paid to the sheriff, according to the audit report, are: $349,169, county taxes; $955,987, special taxing districts; $2,106,712, school taxes; $454,730, state taxes.
There were no taxes due at the completion of the audit.